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Update: Houston Fire Department Identifies Cadet Who Died In Training

A Houston fire cadet died on Thursday after collapsing during a training exercise.

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From left to right; Exec. Fire Chief Richard Mann, Houston Interim Fire Chief Rodney West, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Medical Director Dr. David Persse and Representative from Memorial Herman Texas Trauma Institute.
Houston Fire Trainee Steven Whitfield II
Houston Fire Trainee Steven Whitfield II

UPDATE: The Houston Fire Department has identified cadet who died during training.

Fire Trainee Steven Whitfield II was hired by the HFD in October of last year and was a member of Class 2015-G. His class will graduate in June of this year.

PREVIOUSLY: A Houston fire cadet was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital on Thursday after he collapsed during a training exercise.  

Steven Whitfield II was pronounced dead at 12:48 p.m., according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

He was 32 years old.

Houston Interim Fire Chief Rodney West said the incident occurred during a training exercise. Whitfield collapsed towards the end the obstacle course. The cadets were wearing full fire gear during this exercise.

Whitfield had been in the program for five months and had no known health conditions. 

Statement from Alvin W. White, Jr., president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association:

“The men and women of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association mourn the loss of Steven Whitfield. An adopted member of our Association, Cadet Whitfield died today after collapsing during obstacle course training at the Houston Fire Department Val Jahnke Training Facility.

This tragic passing of Cadet Whitfield reminds us of the inherent dangers of our profession. We are grateful to our firefighter brothers and sisters, the academy instructors and cadets, and the hospital staff for their valiant attempts to save Cadet Whitfield.

The HPFFA, the City of Houston and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) are working to assist the Whitfield family and affected firefighters during this difficult time. Please keep the Whitfield family, and the men and women of our fire department in your thoughts and
prayers.”

 

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